I read Kevin Drum’s blog most days to see what the left is talking and writing about. I also regard Kevin as an honest reporter who has done a better job than the MSM on such topics as Bush’s ANG service. I followed his research a couple of years ago until he decided that there was no evidence for the myth that Bush had been AWOL. A few months later, CBS ran upon the shoal that Kevin avoided and Dan Rather ended up the principle casualty. Mary Mapes was also a casualty of sorts but she is a nut. I have pretty much stopped commenting on Kevin’s blog because the moderators delete my comments without even acknowledging that they were ever there. I complained once to Kevin, who I still e-mail occasionally, but he replied that he has no control over that anymore. They are paying him to blog so I guess the Golden Rule applies. Yesterday, I posted a few comments on a thread about Rudy Giuliani and the story of how he took his security detail with him when he visited his present wife while he was still married to the former one, Donna Hanover. I don’t think this is nearly as important a story as the lefties do because, after Bill Clinton, nothing short of child sacrifice would affect a presidential election. As a famous Louisiana governor once said, “Nothing could keep me from being elected again except finding a dead girl or a live boy in my bed.” That was 25 years ago. Live boys are less of a problem now. Anyway, I got the usual abusive responses to my comments but at least they weren’t deleted so I persisted. This morning, all my comments have been deleted but the replies are still there, referring to the now vanished comments by yours truly.
This experience, by now routine, would not be worth a post except for the CNN scandal. The Democrats refused to debate on Fox News although it was not clear if they feared a biased panel (The debate was to be sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus) or exposure to the Fox News audience, presumably more sophisticated than the couch potatoes who still watch the Ratherless CBS. The Republicans showed no such reluctance to debate in a forum put on by CNN, formerly known as The Clinton News Network for the kid glove treatment afforded the Clintons during the 90s. The treatment seems to be persistent through the present campaign. Then CNN filled the questioner ranks with plants from Democratic campagn and union activists. So much for “citizen participation.” Actually, from what little I saw, the planted questions were pretty well handled although Giuliani stumbled on the illegal immigrant questions. The questions were also kind of lame and show all the caricatures that Democrats believe about Republicans. My response to the gay general was that the “Don’t ask. Don’t tell” policy was working pretty well if he had a 42 year career that ended with him retiring as a general.
Anyway, why do Democrats, especially the left wing of the party, avoid chances to interact with people who politely disagree? This may be related to the question of why they react with obscenity and personal abuse to such people when encountered in blog comments? And now, they avoid them altogether by deleting comments. Some, like the SF Chroncle, try to fool the commenter into thinking they haven’t deleted it. I don’t care if they delete my comment with a notice: “Attention, this comment is deleted because we don’t have any answer to it.” That would be OK. I tend to think Democrats, and especially the lefty members, have weak self images. Maybe that’s why they keep coming up with these “self respect” courses in the public schools. It’s easier than actually learning stuff. Anyway, the world has a habit of bursting balloons so we’ll see if the Pelosi foreign policy is as popular as they think it is next fall.
UPDATE: The left is now complaining about the revelations of CNN plants. Poor babies.